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Posted by Raid Commander on Jan 05, 2019
Ostara is the name of a goddess of the Nordic cult, but also of a celebration in honour of spring. This festival is celebrated around March 21, the spring equinox, by practitioners of German-Nordic paganism, but also of Wicca.
Ostara, on the other hand, is the Goddess of spring, fertility, life, earth, nature and youth, she is a member of the Vanes family, just like the Goddesses Freyja and Nerthus. Ostara arrives on Midgard when the day and night are totally equal, she participates in the return of life after winter. Ostara comes from the German word "Ost" or "East", a reference for the dawn and the renewed life.
The rituals at the Goddess Ostara celebrate renewed life in many forms: eggs, symbols of rebirth, are painted in bright colours and used in sacred rites.
Ostara is related to several animals themselves related to the spring period, these animals are: chickens, chicks, and rabbits. Their symbolism is very much related to the celebration of the Goddess Ostara, we will see why in the article on this celebration. Ostara is a goddess little known from written sources on Norse mythology and religion, simply because she is in no "myth" of this belief. For some specialists, this goddess is then, either a great invention of the neo-pagan to give via this historical festival, but this is unlikely because we find mention of a cult in Ostara among the Germans, she even has a variety among the Anglo-Saxons: Eostra. She can therefore be a goddess whose existence is unique to this celebration, she is therefore a very minor goddess in this belief, because the Goddesses Freyja and Nerthus already have these roles.
She can therefore be a goddess who fell into oblivion among the Nordic peoples, her cult must then be very old, possibly replaced by that of Freyja, or Nerthus. It seems that by the time Christianity arrived in the northern regions of the world, this cult had already disappeared, because Christians mention a festival named Ostara, and never a goddess of the same name, in their fighting practices. It does not appear in pagan sources as a Norse goddess, but as a spring festival. The only written source of this goddess comes from the book "temporum ratione", by a Benedictine monk named Bede the Venerable.
In addition to the feast of Ostara, he mentions the name of a goddess and the worship of her, but he also mentions that this practice was already extinct among the Anglo-Saxons before the arrival of the monotheists. The feast of Ostara is therefore a survival of a very ancient cult to a norse goddess.
The reappearance of this goddess and her cult in the neo-pagan religions Ásatrú and Wicca, therefore marks the end of a very long period when this goddess had only one existence through her spring festival. But we must be very careful in this so-called cult, because we know nothing of its ancient cult, and the modern cult to the Goddess Ostara is probably very mythical, or even totally invented via the festival of Ostara which probably has no common points between the festival and the cult to the goddess among former practitioners.
To tell you the truth, even the ancient German and Nordic people had no knowledge of it, and yet they were adepts of a very strict oral tradition on information, so many Gods and Goddesses are known to us today, if the Goddess Ostara is an exception, this means that his cult would either be older than the oral tradition and would have died out long before the arrival of the Indo-European members of the Germanic family, or that it was already transformed into a religious festival with the passage of the arrival of the Indo-European Germanic members.
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